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February 12th, 2016

No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

A federal judge’s choice this week to toss out of court a lawyer’s plainly fraudulent and frivolous False Claims Act case without also ordering punishing monetary sanctions stands as the latest “poster child” for enactment of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which is now pending in Congress and would mandate sanctions for those who promulgate frivolous litigation . . . → Read More: No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

January 26th, 2016

Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

Asbestos defendant John Crane Inc. this week filed motions in federal district court seeking to intervene in the Garlock Sealing Technologies-led fraud litigation against two plaintiffs’ law firms, Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett and the Shein Law Center of Philadelphia . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

November 6th, 2014

Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

ATRA Cites Settlement, Coming Garlock Revelations in Urging New Congress, State Legislatures to Pass Asbestos Claims Transparency Laws . . . → Read More: Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

December 18th, 2013

BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

BP has filed a lawsuit against San Antonio-based tort kingpin Mikal Watts, accusing him of fraudulently ginning up more than 40,000 “phantom” claims on one of the compensation funds BP established to mitigate damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill . . . → Read More: BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

August 20th, 2012

Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

With the record Tobacco Settlement in the books, opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys are now looking for their next big payday and it seems they have their target set on food manufacturers. More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases aginst industry players like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani. . . . → Read More: Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

July 10th, 2012

Overtime and the Overly Litigious

This week, a wave of frivolous employment wage disputes has swept across the country. In just the last year roughly 7,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal court. Lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have risen 400 percent over the last 11 years. . . . → Read More: Overtime and the Overly Litigious

June 25th, 2012

California Mom ‘n Pops Still Getting Rolled by ADA Racketeers, but Some Protection May Be Coming

California Small business owners are continuing to feel as though they have a target on their back when it comes to ADA litigation, but relief could be in sight. . . . → Read More: California Mom ‘n Pops Still Getting Rolled by ADA Racketeers, but Some Protection May Be Coming

June 6th, 2012

Judge Stands against Lazy Cashiers and Their Opportunistic Lawyers’ ‘Right to Sit’ Lawsuit

On June 1, 2012, a California Judge stood up to parasitic trial lawyers and ruled that CVS does not have to provide chairs for its cashiers. The decision ended a ridiculous class action lawsuit filed in 2009 by Nykeya Kilby, a former lazy CVS cashier in Chula Vista, California. . . . → Read More: Judge Stands against Lazy Cashiers and Their Opportunistic Lawyers’ ‘Right to Sit’ Lawsuit

May 31st, 2012

Oklahoma City Man Wastes 2 Years of Court’s Time with Preposterous Copyright Lawsuit

On Monday, May 28th, the United States Supreme Court rejected a man’s ludicrous copyright claim in a case that is too outlandish to be made up. . . . → Read More: Oklahoma City Man Wastes 2 Years of Court’s Time with Preposterous Copyright Lawsuit

March 1st, 2012

Three New York Lawyers Charged in Major Insurance Scheme

On February 29, 2012, three New York attorneys were among 36 people charged in a massive scheme to defraud insurers of more than $279 million through abuse of the state’s no-fault auto insurance law. . . . → Read More: Three New York Lawyers Charged in Major Insurance Scheme

May 26th, 2011

Maryland Lawyer Emulated South Florida Counterparts, Now Faces up to 20 Years in Prison

Borrowing from the playbook of parasitic personal injury lawyers who have made South Florida the auto accident insurance-fraud capital of America, an attorney from Bethesda, Maryland, got in over his head and has been popped in a sting operation . . . → Read More: Maryland Lawyer Emulated South Florida Counterparts, Now Faces up to 20 Years in Prison

April 12th, 2011

ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi

To the Mississippi Bar’s credit, it has leveled a serious disciplinary complaint against two personal injury lawyers found liable last year for civil fraud in connection with asbestos lawsuits. Now, as a special tribunal prepares to hear their defense, ATRA renews its call for stiff discipline. . . . → Read More: ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi

March 24th, 2011

ATRA Renews Call for Congressional Hearings on Trial Lawyer Malfeasance

Evidence of costly trial-lawyer malfeasance has continued to mount with, among other items, the discovery in West Virginia that fraudulent chest X-rays were the catalyst for asbestos cases, runaway auto-accident fraud in South Florida and documentary film outtakes in which brazen plans to manipulate and intimidate a judge are openly discussed . . . → Read More: ATRA Renews Call for Congressional Hearings on Trial Lawyer Malfeasance

December 30th, 2010

Fraud Suit Against Personal Injury Law Firm Reinstated

A federal appellate court today reinstated a lawsuit brought against a Pittsburgh personal injury firm for allegedly engaging in a scheme designed to generate fraudulent asbestos claims. ATRA had filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief, urging the court to take such action. The Fourth Circuit ruling clears the way for the case to move forward. . . . → Read More: Fraud Suit Against Personal Injury Law Firm Reinstated